Dorkel Theatre

1013 E. 7th Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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Previous Names: Merryland Theatre, Columbia Theatre

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Opened by 1915 as the Merryland Theatre. It had closed by 1922 but had reopened by 1926 and was still open in 1932, but had closed by 1934. By 1941 it had reopened as the Dorkel Theatre and was one of many small independent theatres that once stood along the streets of Los Angeles. It remained open until at least the early-1950’s.

Contributed by William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on August 14, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Listed as the Columbia at 1013 E. 7th in the 1939 directory, so that’s another aka.

MagicLantern on August 14, 2007 at 9:43 pm

Operated as the Columbia through 1945 at least.

kencmcintyre on August 17, 2007 at 8:35 pm

There’s another reference to the Merryland in 1930, per the LA Times, so it was probably the Merryland first, then changed to Columbia sometime in the thirties, and then lastly the unfortunately named Dorkel Theater, probably in the early forties.

kencmcintyre on April 11, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Hard to imagine a movie theater in this depressing part of downtown. Things must have been very different back then.

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Breaking news from Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

Min Orthel is Columbia’s new cashier, replacing M.J. Dodge, who resigned last week to start a chicken ranch in Arcadia.

kencmcintyre on December 16, 2008 at 3:56 pm

No, that’s probably the winner. I hope the ranch was a success.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

A Merryland Theatre is listed at 1015 E. Seventh Street in the 1915 L.A. City Directory.

CharmaineZoe on February 27, 2013 at 9:40 am

Picture of the Merryland Theatre in 1930, which had just been bought by the 27 yr old David A Miller.the previous owners having run it into the red,and was still showing silent movies,plus 5 Vaudeville acts once a week: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 28, 2023 at 6:44 am

The 1922 Cahn-Leighton guide’s moving picture theaters section lists a house called the Maryland Theatre at 1015 E. 7th Street with the notation “OB”, meaning out of business. However, the same year’s L.A, City Directory lists the Merryland Theatre at the same address. The 1921 directory did list it as the Maryland, as did the 1920 directory. As it was listed as Merryland in the 1915 directory, I don’t know if Maryland was just an intermittent typo or was an actual aka, even if temporary, for this house.

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